Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. It may form in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Lung cancer can also be caused by asbestos, but it is most often caused by smoking. Only a small percentage of lung cancer cases are mainly related to asbestos.Smoking accounts for about 80% of lung cancer deaths in the United States.
Exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, killing more Americans every year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.Asbestos-related lung cancer is responsible for about 6,000 deaths in the U. S. annually.
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) accounts for 10-15% of cases and is more difficult to treat. Cancer can spread to other parts of the body before presenting any symptoms. If you are looking for support for mesothelioma, contact our patient advocates at (85) 404-4592.While asbestos cancer is most commonly associated with mesothelioma and lung cancer, laryngeal cancer and ovarian cancer may also be due to exposure to asbestos. The inhalation of asbestos fibers has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer in many studies of workers exposed to asbestos.
This increased risk is observed with all forms of asbestos (there is no “safe” type of asbestos in terms of lung cancer risk). In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the higher the risk of lung cancer.Most lung cancer cases in asbestos workers occur at least 15 years after first exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-related lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma are two different types of cancer, but both are caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some organs in the body.Mesothelioma is probably the most common disease associated with exposure to asbestos.
This is a rare cancer of the membrane that covers the lungs and chest cavity, the membranes that surround other organs, or the lining of the abdominal cavity membrane. Unfortunately, signs and symptoms may not appear until 30-40 years after exposure to asbestos. It is not clear exactly how asbestos could affect the risk of these cancers, but ingested asbestos fibers could contribute in some way to the risk.Compensation is available for victims of asbestos, lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases. Unfortunately, asbestos industry executives suppressed and manipulated medical research and data on asbestos cancer.Asbestos cancer is any malignant disease that has been caused by exposure to asbestos, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.
With the help of an asbestos cancer lawyer, eligible patients affected by asbestos cancer have claimed compensation for their injuries and medical care due to the negligence of the asbestos industry and liability for causing asbestos cancer.After a positive diagnosis from a biopsy, doctors treat mesothelioma and other forms of asbestos cancer with surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy or multimodal therapy - a combination of these options. Partial evidence has linked asbestos to these types of cancers, but there is not yet strong enough data to conclude that it definitively causes these diseases.The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies all forms of asbestos as “carcinogenic to humans” based on its ability to cause mesothelioma and cancers of the lung, larynx (voice box) and ovaries. All forms of asbestos have been linked to mesothelioma, although amphibole asbestos appears to cause this cancer at lower exposure levels than chrysotile asbestos.A doctor who specializes in mesothelioma and other types of asbestos cancers will evaluate a patient's general health and medical history before developing a treatment plan.